About 8 years ago, on my 17th birthday, my dad asked me what I wanted as a birthday present, to which I replied, “Can you get me a guitar please?” A couple of days later, I had a basic acoustic guitar in my room that didn't amount to more than $20. I tried to play it for about a month but I sucked. So I put it away. A year and a half later, I picked it up with fierce determination to learn how to play it and never looked back.
I have wanted to be in a rock band, write my music and play shows since. However, it never really worked out. Therefore, I began working on my music in the background by myself and over time, my abilities developed. Shortly after moving to Baltimore, I wrote and recorded my first original song in 2015 at the Graduate Research Lab (Grad Lab) at MICA. Although I’m not a fan of the material anymore, it opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me.
I asked Patrick Hunt, the Grad Lab co-ordinator, whom I also consider my brother, if I could come by regularly and use the sound studio to further my skills. He was happy to help. We scheduled 3 hour sessions every Friday for several months and I worked until I was exhausted.
When the time came to pitch the ideas for thesis projects, I had gotten to a point where I was confident that I would be able to actually write and record songs and put them into a compilation that will be a part of my project. I was aware of the challenges but I had enough faith, courage and the right attitude to overcome them and cross the finish line.
I wrote most of the lyrics in the Intermediate Poetry Workshop class at MICA and recorded demos on my phone in my bedroom prior to tracking them down at the Grad Lab. I played the guitars, bass, did the vocals and backing vocals while my friend Ben Jones played the drums. The entire process took about 16 weeks and Patrick helped me record, track, engineer and mix the music.